Tax Roll Analysis for Rural Communities

Date:         Sat, 14 May 1994 09:05:52 -0600                                   
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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
              U of Wisc-Eau Claire" <JOBERLY@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU>                   
Subject:      Query:  Tax Roll Analysis for rural communities?                  

[From: IN%"rshadow%udlapvms.pue.udlap.mx@UICVM.UIC.EDU" "Robert Shadow" 13-MAY-1994 14:18:18.57 [To: IN%"H-RURAL%UICVM.BITNET@uga.cc.uga.edu" "H-Rural Rural & Agricultural History discussion list" [Subj: Hel

I am currently analyzing tax roll data from a rural county in northern New Mexico for the period 1890 to 1990, in order to determine change and stability in the distribution of property and the structures of class and ethnicity.In order to adequately interpret the significance of the quantitative data on the local distribution of wealth and property, I need to compare it with similar info from other agrarian communities and regions

Since I entered the study of rural New Mexico from Mexico, I am familiar (I hope) with most of the relevant info on this topic for communites south of the border, but I am very much less informed about what is available for rural communities in the US, especially in the West.

If anyone can suggest bibliographic sources which contain information of this nature, studies of economic stratification of particular counties or communities based upon tax roll analysis, etc., I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Many thanks.

Robert Shadow Depto. de Antropologia Universidad de las Americas-Puebla Sta Catarina Martir 72820 Puebla, Mexico Tel:(22) 29-20-48 Fax (22) 29-20-96; 29-26-35 Internet: rshadow@udlapvms.pue.udlap.mx



Date:         Mon, 16 May 1994 09:42:54 -0600                                   
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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
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communities?

[From: IN%"rhorwitz%blue.weeg.uiowa.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" "Richard Horwitz" 14-MAY-1994 09:25:48.53 [To: IN%"H-RURAL%UICVM.BITNET@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU" "H-Rural Rural & Agricultural History discussion list" [Subj: RE: Query: Tax Roll Analysis for rural communities?

A little off the mark but essential reading, I think, is _No Separate Refuge_ by Sara Deutsch. You must know this, I bet, but it's worth recalling.

Best,

Rich Horwitz


 


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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
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Subject:      Re: Query: Tax Roll Analysis for rural communities?               

[From: IN%"skmlamb%carina.unm.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" 14-MAY-1994 21:43:04.63 [To: IN%"H-RURAL@UICVM.BITNET" [Subj: RE: Query: Tax Roll Analysis for rural communities?

Robert Shadow:

Sounds like a great project. I highly suggest that you contact Chris Wilson of the Dept of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is in touch with everyone who is currently doing research on Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Although he is more concerned with ethnicity, power structures, and use of space, I see that your interests might indeed overlap. He is an architectural historian, but calls himself a social historian.

I am quite familiar with his work. I was his research assistant and spent many MANY hours going through Spanish language newspapers from the region to locate information about power and political ties (as well as across ethnic lines). I also spent hours sifting through census data from 1860-1910. I realize that this time period only slightly overlaps, but he could give you lots of suggestions, connetions, and otherwise helpful info.

The final work will be a monograph in the _Building the West_ series to be published by Yale (50% funded by the NEH). His book will be on Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

His address is:

                        Chris Wilson                                            
                        School of Architecture and Planning                     
                        University of New Mexico                                
                        2414 Central SE                                         
                        Albuquerque, NM 87131                                   
                        (505) 277-2903                                          

Tell him that Sam Mathews-Lamb sent ya! And the best of luck to you. I, as well, came to my interest (dissertation topic) with New Mexico via Mexico (am Ph.D./abd in History: American West/Latin America).

Sam Mathews-Lamb Dept of History U of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 skmlamb@carina.unm.edu (505) 277-2451

>I am currently analyzing tax roll data from a rural county in northern New Mexico for the period 1890 to 1990, in order to determine change and stability in the distribution of property and the structures of class and ethnicity.In order to adequately interpret the significance of the quantitative data on the local distribution of wealth and property, I need to compare it with similar info from other agrarian communities and regions > >SNIP > If anyone can suggest bibliographic sources which contain information of this nature, studies of economic stratification of particular counties or communities based upon tax roll analysis, etc., I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.




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From:         "Jim Oberly, History Dept.,                                       
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                        communities?                                            

[From: IN%"DPENA%cc.colorado.edu@UICVM.UIC.EDU" 15-MAY-1994 15:45:21.31 [To: IN%"H-RURAL@UICVM.BITNET" [Subj: RE: Query: Tax Roll Analysis for rural communities?

To: Robert Shadow:

Roberto, the best way to do what I think you want to do is to look at the grantor/grantee index in the county court records for the county you are looking at. I am in the process of looking at land ownership in Costilla County (as part of the NEH funded project), and it is tedious but quite worthwhile. Back in the mid-1970s, I did a similar study of Webb County in South Texas. If you need more information, please contact me at dpena%ccnode@vaxf.colorado.edu or phgone at 719-389-6642.

Con respeto, tu colega,

Devon Pena, Sociology Department, Colorado College.



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